Don't Go

Don't Go

A Poem by Angela Talbert


I never called him Daddy
Dad was less heartbreaking
for two young children living so far away.
Not many kids could say
“My Dad is a fireman,
a fire chief, a real life hero”.
Still many had Christmas and birthdays,
we had mail and you cannot hug mail.
Still I knew he loved us,
My brother and me
and we loved him as if he was always
with us.
Days turned to years
siren strained tears
dried with age.
When they broke the news,
it was a beautiful day,
like nothing was looming.
They invited us over for pizza
they told us he had pancreatic cancer
that he would be
retiring early…
the meaning of those words
took a while for me to figure out.
Six months I mourned the man
I needed desperately
like old home movies
played over and over.
Don’t go!
My silent screams echoed into outer space
still though,
time ripped him away
stole my “Daddy”.
I realized too late,
so many things.
The day he died
it was a beautiful day...
like nothing was looming.
The sun streamed in
on his face,
I held his hand
in place,
“it’s ok Dad”
as he let go
of me

© 2008 Angela Talbert

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" he let go of me, again."
This poem touches deep places within me that I cannot yet investigate, as my father and I never had a warm or close relationship. When I went to his funeral, it was strictly to be a comfort for my sister, and all but laughed out loud at the many people who told me what a rock he was, what a gentle spirit, etc., ad nauseum. Now twenty years on, God is allowing me to remember some of the loving things he did, and some of the happy times we had, that my preteens', teens' and twenties' memories had overwritten. That your father gave you sadness, there is no denying, But you were able to keep your love nestled deep within a sacred place, and were able to call it out when it was needed; how i envy you! A lovely and evocative piece, Angie.

Posted 14 Years Ago

Well that touched me very deeply, brought tears to my eyes.
Thank you dear poet for sharing this with us.


Posted 16 Years Ago

A touching and heartfelt read....Wonderfully written.

Posted 16 Years Ago

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